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EMBA Students Invest in Themselves

Executive MBA programs are on the rise, reports the New York Times, with prestigious schools like M.I.T. and Johns Hopkins offering streamlined programs for busy professionals. The E.M.B.A. Council, representing 213 universities with 315 programs, says it adds 7 to 10 members a year.

And even though corporations are tightening their belts and cutting back on funding such programs for their employees, ambitious managers still flock to the programs – the E.M.B.A. Council reports that applications have risen slightly over the past five years, perhaps because applicants have decided that in a volatile economy, the best investment is in themselves.

And while some students make lengthy commutes, even from other countries, for Saturday-only classes, those who spoke to the New York Times were positive about their experience.

“I am learning a ton and meeting some really amazing people,” said one. “In the long run, it will be worth it.”

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